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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 8/30/2021

WWE Raw seems to have had people talking from match quality to possibly controversy. Check out Bodeen’s Top 5 and see if he got the moments right!



After an amazing two weeks of wrestling that featured CM Punk returning to wrestling for the first time in over 7 years, Brock Lesnar returning, an amazing dream match between Seth Rollins and Edge and WALTER and Ilja Draganov putting on another amazing instant classic for the NXT UK Championship, it was time for Monday Night RAW to bring us back to a disappointing level of wrestling as RAW once again fell to the same problems of poor pacing, repetitive rematches and more.

Luckily there were a few bright points on an otherwise standard disappointing episode of WWE’S flagship show. So as we approach a very average looking Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View I am here yet again (from a schedule that is more unorganized and all over the place than an episode of RAW) to bring you the top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW

5. Things turn ugly between Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair as they turn their match into a shoot fight 

In one of the most ugliest moments in recent RAW memory, things would turn ugly between Raw Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax as their match turned into a shoot fight as both women became frustrated with each other. The match between the two women would start normally enough as they went back and forth early in the match, however, things went downhill fast after Jax dropped The Queen in an awkward position this led to an awkward moment between the two women as Charlotte and Nia began trading strikes in the ring with neither women selling for each other in a truly messy exchange of strikes and needs to be seen.

Things would continue to go downhill as Charlotte slowly ran the ropes, as Nia caught her and attempted a Soman Drop however both women couldn’t control each other and refused to work together, leading to Charlotte eventually hitting a Russian Leg Sweep on Nia. Late in the match, Charlotte worked on Nia’s leg as both women continued to not work well together, eventually, Nia was able to block a Figure Eight attempt and hit Flair with a big one-handed powerbomb in the middle of the ring for the 3 count mercifully ending the match with Nia scoring a non-title clean win over the Raw’s Women Champion.

Now, why is this on the top 5 moments list? Well, the match was so bad it was in a weird way, fun to watch. While I do respect the commitment that every wrestler has to their work, sometimes it’s just entertaining to watch these fun awkward moments. Seeing Flair and Nia just attack each other and refusing to sell each other’s offence was fun to watch and deserves a place on this list.

4. Damian Priest issues an open challenge which brings out Drew Mcintyre, Sheamus and more 

After beating Sheamus for the United States Championship at SummerSlam, things would continue to look up for The Archer Of Infamy as he opened Monday Night RAW this week. Priest opened RAW with an open challenge for his United States Championship with Sheamus answering the call. Sheamus interrupted Priest but would soon be interrupted himself as Drew Mcintyre also made his entrance, however, chaos would keep occurring as the All-Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley made his entrance flanked yet again by MVP. MVP got on the mic and suggested that Lashley should be the one to face Damian Priest for the United States Championship, stating it was good for business for Lashley to become a double champion.

Interruptions would continue to be the name of the game as Riddle and Randy Orton made their entrance with Riddle eventually purposing a title defence against The Hurt Business. This would force officials, Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville out as they made two matches for RAW official, first was a United States Championship Triple Threat match between Drew Mcintyre, Sheamus and Priest and the other one was the main event of the night, with that match being a tag match for the RAW Tag Team Titles with RK-BRO defending the titles against Bobby Lashley and MVP.

While this segment did fall victim to one of RAW’s biggest problems, with that being a long, multi-person promo to start a show, it still had some decent moments. It was great to see Damian Priest get the spotlight he deserves especially as he is really unique to watch. RK-BRO and MVP were also great on the mic and it was good to see Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville show up to actually remind fans that they have power and authority. Overall, while far from perfect or even great this was a decent way to open the show.

3. AJ Styles and Xavier Woods square off  

AJ Styles and Omos would look strong this week on RAW as they both picked up singles victories, with Omos pinning John Morrison who took on Omos after The Miz couldn’t appear on RAW and AJ getting a win over Xavier Woods. Woods would have the early advantage in the match as he managed to catch AJ off guard and was able to block AJ’s counters. However, Styles was able to fight back after catching Woods with a strike. From there Styles began targeting the leg of Woods and was able to keep Woods controlled throughout most of the match.

Woods managed to fight back late in the match with a few stiff strikes, rocking AJ and was able to block a Styles Clash but the result would be inevitable as Styles managed to grab the injured leg of Woods and was able to roll into the Calf Crusher, forcing Woods to tap despite his best efforts to escape. After the match Styles’ celebration would be cut short by the RAW Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro as AJ seemed annoyed at the interruption.(which is fair considering RAW opened with a heap of interruptions) This caused Styles to join the commentary table as he and Omos watched the main event.

This was a fun little match that was great from start to finish. Styles and Woods have shown that they have a lot of chemistry working together and have put on great matches in the past. It should be noted that Omos also had a good showing against John Morrison. With it being most likely inevitable that the pair will break up sometime in the future, hopefully, Omos can use this time to build on as in-ring work as a singles star.

2. RK-Bro defend their new RAW Tag Team Titles against Bobby Lashley and MVP  

After their match was made official by Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce, RK-Bro would defend their Raw Tag Team Titles against Lashley and MVP. All four men put on a solid main event as RK-Bro yet again worked well as a team together. Riddle and Bobby Lashley started things off for their teams, renewing their rivalry from earlier in the year as both men went back and forth as Riddle used his striking power and Lashley used his RAW power. (pun intended)

Late in the match, AJ sent Omos out to attack Orton outside the ring but Riddle was able to stop the attack. Riddle was then able to take out Lashley and hit MVP with the Floating Bro for the win. After the match, Lashley came out of nowhere and hit Riddle with a spear, but The Viper would save his teammate and hit an RKO on Lashley saving Riddle in the process.

This was a fun little main event that made RK-Bro look good and helped set up a future rivalry between The Hurt Business and RK-Bro as it does not look things are settled between the two groups.

1. Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Damien Priest steal the show

Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Damien Priest managed to steal the show (which to be fair doesn’t really say much) as they put on an amazing match. All three men exchanged brutal strikes in a thrilling match. Eventually, Priest was able to get the win, pinning Drew McIntyre clean.

Priest pinning Drew was great to see and hopefully, WWE has big plans for him in the future especially as it was teased he would feud with Bobby down the line.

It was also great to see Drew take a backstage seat once again, as his new role outside the title picture is helping him regain fans.

These were my top 5 moments from this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW, what were your top 5 moments from RAW this week and what do you think of the ugly shoot fight between Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax. Let us know in the comment section down below.

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King: Top 5 Championship Matches in WWE Royal Rumble History

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!



2020 WWE Royal Rumble

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!

I have gone back in time to reflect over Royal Rumble’s over the last decade. From 2012 to 2022 the WWE Universe bared witness to some amazing matches including AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, The Rock defeating CM Punk and ending his historic championship reign, and even the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena & Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins in a classic triple-threat match.

Here are the top five championship matches at the Royal Rumble over the last decade.

Honorable mentions:

  • Brock Lesnar VS. Finn Balor (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2019
  • Brock Lesnar VS. Kane VS. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017
  • Randy Orton VS. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble 2014)
  • Daniel Bryan VS. AJ Styles (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2019

Top 5 Royal Rumble Championship Matches 

5. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

In August of 2016, the WWE Universe was shocked when Triple H turned on his former protege Seth Rollins and essentially handed the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens in a crazy fatal-four-way match. Over the next few months, Owens and Chris Jericho would become best friends and true enemies of Rollins and former Shield-mate Roman Reigns. After Reigns was screwed out of the title at Roadblock they would deliver a Shield bomb through the announce table to Owens.

Reigns and Owens would battle again at the Royal Rumble this time, Jericho would be locked inside of a shark cage to prevent interference. Both superstars delivered an impressive performance and threw out everything to defeat one another. Reigns was minutes away from winning the Universal Championship until Braun Strowman obliterated him, which allowed Owens the conniving champion to keep his title.

4. CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2013

The self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ CM Punk was on a complete tear going through the roster successfully holding the title for a historic 434 days. At Raw 1000, The Rock came back and challenged whoever was the champion at the time to a WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble. Later in the night, Punk would turn heel attacking ‘The People’s Champion’ and aligning himself with Paul Heyman shortly afterwards.

The Shield would work as mercenaries for Punk to retain his title since the 2012 Survivor Series where they debuted. Vince McMahon informed Punk that if The Shield got involved in the championship match he would be stripped of the title. After twenty minutes of back and forth action between champion and challenger, the lights went out and The Shield interfered yet again. McMahon came out to strip Punk of his championship but, The Rock had other plans and the match was restarted. The People’s Champion would deliver the People’s Elbow to end the historic reign of Punk.

3.  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2022

‘The Head of the Table’ Roman Reigns had conquered all of his challengers on Friday Night SmackDown, so a handpicked wild card was chosen from Monday Night Raw to challenge for the Universal Championship. Enter Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. The two former Shield-mates had faced each other in the past but, this time felt different. Reigns was the arrogant and cocky heel while Rollins portrayed more of a tweener character. Rollins mocked the champion’s historic title reign and infuriated Reigns the go-home episode of SmackDown.

The Universal Championship match was the first match to open the show to a white-hot crowd. Reigns made his long grand entrance waiting for his challenger until a familiar theme erupted throughout the WWE Universe. Rollins not only mocked The Shield’s old entrance through the crowd but, was also decked in full Shield attire which pissed off the champion.

I feel like it’s impossible for these two superstars to have a bad match. They have incredible chemistry whether as partners or rivals. Reigns locked in his challenger with the Guillotine Choke but Rollins made it to the ropes. The Tribal Chief was relentless and would not break the hold so Rollins won by disqualification.

2. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

Let me start of by saying this was a very difficult choice to make because I went back and forth on making this number one. ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles shocked the world in 2016 not only for turning heel on John Cena but, beating him at Money in the Bank via shenanigans and SummerSlam completely clean in the middle of the ring. Styles went on to have an incredible run as WWE Champion over on SmackDown Live.

Cena went off and did his own thing after a devastating loss to his rival but, came back returned in time to challenge for the title to not only become a sixteen-time champion but to tie the illustrious record held by Ric Flair. Both superstars used every maneuver in their arsenal to win the match, but it came down to the final sequence to understand where Cena’s passion lies. Mr. Never Give Up hit the Attitude Adjustment and deadlifted Styles to deliver another thunderous AA to become the sixteen-time WWE Champion. What a freaking match!

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship): Royal Rumble 2015

Even though the match before was tieing the legendary Ric Flair’s championship record, I still can say with full confidence that this triple threat match is one of the best matches in Royal Rumble history. Brock Lesnar had an impressive 2014 starting off with ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then obliterating John Cena at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

At Night of Champions Cena was minutes away from winning the title and defeating ‘The Beast Incarnate’ until the arrogant Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins caused a disqualification. Leading up to the Royal Rumble, Cena and Rollins would face off in a tables match at the TLC pay-per-view, while Lesnar vanished. A huge triple threat match was set for the 2015 Royal Rumble pitting all three superstars against each other. Rollins who was still holding the briefcase bragged about if he didn’t win the title with Plan A, he would just cash-in and become the champion with Plan B.

From the moment the bell rang, the action began between Cena and Lesnar. Rollins played the manipulative cocky heel picking his moments to strike. Rollins and Cena took out The Beast on the outside to make it one-on-one. Lesnar was stretchered out of the match but miraculously came back and displayed his freakish strength taking anyone who moved to Suplex City. Rollins hit the champion twice with his briefcase and set up for the Curb Stomp. Lesnar bounced up and delivered a thunderous F5 to retain in a fantastic match.

I love this match so much because it was the first time that I believed Lesnar can deliver a great match and good story when he wants to. We’ve experienced this in his matches against AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and even Finn Balor. The Beast is a very smart performer and knows how to sell for his opponents to make them look like a megastar.

There you have it, those are my top five championship matches at Royal Rumble. Let me know what you think!

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Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…



Roman Reigns Seth Rollins WWE WrestleMania 39

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…

Daddy’s back with something for you that is meant to be fun–and a distraction from the news surrounding Vince McMahon’s (likely terrible) return to WWE. Being a fan is meant to be fun, and one of the most fun things we get to do is look ahead to WrestleMania.

The main question, for this article at least, is who will be Roman Reigns’ opponent at The Granddaddy Of ‘Em All? Now everyone wants it to be The Rock, so we will explore the alternatives to that match.

In order to do that, I am making the following assumptions, even if some might not be true in the end:

  • Roman Reigns only wrestles one match, the final match on Night 2.
  • Roman Reigns is defending both the WWE and the Universal Championships in that match.
  • Roman Reigns–and this is just purely me–is not losing.

Honorable Mentions

I did have a few ideas who simply didn’t make the list. Check ’em out:

  • Drew McIntyre – Simply put: Why? Why would we put Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns in a football stadium when we just saw him against Reigns in a football futbol stadium last fall?
  • Kevin Owens – Similarly, why would we do this right after we do it at the Royal Rumble?
  • Karrion Kross – Ok, now I’m just trolling you. He ain’t the guy, brother–not with this gimmick.
  • Ricochet – Personally, as an underdog babyface against Roman Reigns, I love Ricochet winning the Royal Rumble and challenging The Tribal Chief. But we have a better underdog on the list already.

With that all out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. I give you…

My Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

5. Sami Zayn

The bloom is off the rose for Sami Zayn, at least in the eyes of The Tribal Chief. The eventual turn is one of the most telegraphed things in recent memory, and in this instance that is perfectly fine. Sami Zayn is insanely over, and him fighting the uphill battle with The Bloodline would get him Daniel-Bryan-Danielson-at-WrestleMania-30 levels of heat along the way.

People love Sami Zayn. His awkward charm and seemingly unlimited charisma won over the audience so well that his storyline with The Bloodline had to get extended multiple times over. However, it’s obviously coming to an end.

The obvious match is Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn against The Usos, but you could also slot Kevin against Solo Sikoa if Sami were to indeed get the nod.

4. Bron Breakker

You probably think I’m crazy, and I totally get it. Bron Breakker comes from NXT and goes right to the WrestleMania main event?

If you want to create a new star in Bron Breakker, this is how you do it. (At least, it’s one way you can do it.) Look at Roman Reigns himself–part of the story of his WrestleMania 31 challenge of Brock Lesnar was that he was growing into the role. JBL told the story on commentary, and the match was all about Roman ascending to the level of Brock.

Of course it was all the perfect set-up for Seth Rollins to give us the greatest Money In The Bank cash-in in WWE history, but in the process Roman proved that he belongs.

So make this year’s Royal Rumble the ultimate opportunity–the most shocking winner since Rey Mysterio, the NXT Champion Bron Breakker.

3. Seth (Freakin’) Rollins

Seth Rollins seems to be in a never ending program with Austin Theory, and it’s time to move on. Seth is an automatic main eventer in WWE at this point. He’s a made man, probably the next biggest star (on the men’s side) in WWE after Roman Reigns.

And he also has a very specific distinction that no one else has: a singles victory over Roman Reigns since he made his huge return in 2020. Yes, it was by disqualification, but he has proven his abilities to get inside the head of the Tribal Chief.

And Seth Rollins is going to have a match at WrestleMania, and 50,000+ in Sofi Stadium are going to be singing his song. Might as well be in the match that closes WrestleMania Night 2.

2. Sheamus

This is purely a match on my playlist–but this is MY list. And to me, Sheamus makes perfect sense.

In fact, I thought the feud between The Bloodline and The Brawling Brutes would lead to Sheamus challenging Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. And had Sami Zayn’s involvement in The Bloodline not taken off the way it did, we still may have.

Sheamus is more popular now than ever, and at 44 years of age he is doing some of his best work. Sheamus winning his second Royal Rumble and challenging Roman Reigns would be the Lifetime Achievement Award he deserves.

But it’s more than that! The match? It would deliver in a big way. History? There’s plenty between Sheamus and Roman, going back to when Sheamus cashed in Money In The Bank on Reigns, and when Reigns eventually beat The Celtic Warrior to win one of his world championships. The fans? They would be solidly behind Sheamus, and would go nuts for every near fall. Don’t sleep on Sheamus as your WrestleMania 39 main event opponent for Roman Reigns.

1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Full credit for this idea belongs to PC Tunney and Dave Ungar, as shared in the Chairshot Radio Twitter DM thread. And it’s steal-worthy indeed.

Three major legendary names are rumored for WrestleMania 39: The Rock, John Cena, and Steve Austin. All three make sense for a multitude of reasons. But The Rock will be launching a football league (which might be a reason to do this–the publicity), and is still in insane demand in Hollywood. Cena seems to be free at the present time, and we’ve seen the videos of Austin working out.

Remember, I am assuming Roman Reigns is going to win. If that’s the case, then this WrestleMania is but another moment in Reigns’ legacy. Why not add Steve Austin to his list of victories?

It would sell. ✅
The fans would buy it. ✅
Austin proved he can go. ✅

This type of match is what WrestleMania is all about. If it’s not The Rock, it should be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

And there you have it, my list of–

Wait a minute Greg, what about Cody Rhodes?!?!

Man, I thought I could slip this one past the goalie!

Cody Rhodes is a great question. But you have to look at my assumptions above. I am assuming Roman only wrestles one match, defends both championships, and–most importantly–doesn’t lose. Given those assumptions, you want Cody Rhodes as far away from this match as possible.

If we do split the titles, then Cody needs to be the guy to walk away with the WWE Championship. He does that either over Seth Rollins, or in a triple threat on Night 1 against Reigns and Rollins–but Rollins still eats the fall.

But under my conditions, losing at WrestleMania doesn’t do anything for Cody.

What do you think? Let me know on social media!

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Until next time, remember: enjoying wrestling is a choice…make the right choice!

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